Salaam Bombay!

Guardian Travel, Sat 11 MayPublished in today’s travel section of The Guardian is Rosie Birkett‘s feature on the Irani cafe heritage of Mumbai, which you can also read online.

Beautifully evocative, wittily illuminating and above all warmly affectionate, Rosie’s piece perfectly encapsulates our wonderful trip around Mumbai back in late January with the guys from Dishoom.

Far be it for a photographer to moan about how their images are used, but here are the photos in all their glory.

Radio Restaurant, MumbaiThe wonderfully ruined Radio Cafe

Boman Kohinoor, Britannia & Co, MumbaiThe sprightly and sharply sarcastic Boman Kohinoor of Britannia & Co

Chicken berry pulao, Britannia & Co, MumbaiThe sumptuous chicken berry pulao, signature dish of Britannia & Co


Bombay Bootcamp Part 1

Back in late January, I was fortunate to travel to Mumbai with the v charming guys of Dishoom on a press trip arranged by PR angel, Gemma Bell for journalists from Conde Nast Traveller, olive, The Guardian and The Telegraph.

It’s pretty much set the benchmark that will be hard to beat. Ever.

IMG_0019With my travel budgets normally restricted to cattle class, it was an absolute luxury to have Club Class seats courtesy of BA. Probably only bested by a trip to France in a Learjet with Renault. The irony being that on arrival in Mumbai, everyone had to get off the plane onto a rickety bus to the terminal building.

The flight landed about 1am, but with snail’s pace immigration and building work for the new airport holding up the already gridlocked traffic, we didn’t check into the hotel (Taj Mahal Palace) until around 3am.

Still, I was eager to get up early to check things out on my first visit to Mumbai. Further posts to follow…